Court orders 2.75m compensation for police cadet in parachute mishap

The Civil Court today (Oct 18) ordered Thai Aviation Industries and it’s sling deployment staff to jointly pay 2.75 million baht compensation to the family of a police cadet who was killed in a parachute mishap during a drill in Cha-am in Phetchaburi in April 2014.

The court’s ruling came after it found the company and it’s technical staff deployed substandard sling on the aircraft’s parachuting system.

Thai Aviation Industries are among nine defendants sued by the cadet’s father Sathorn Phutchaiyong last year after his 19-year-old son, a police cadet, died in the mishap. He demanded 40-million baht in compensation for his son’s death.

However the Civil Court dropped charges against seven other defendants which included Thai Airways International with reasons that they were not involvd in the mishap, and ordered a compensation payment of only 2.75 million baht, plus a 7.5.% interest year.

But the father said he would petition the first court ruling particularly a reason given by the court that it was also his son’s fault for not pulling the reserve parachute although he had been on the drill for three months.

In the parachute drill, two police cadets plunged to their death after an accident in a parachute drill in Cha-am in Phetchaburi on March 31, 2014

Dead at the scene were Chayakorn Phutchaiyong, 19, and Nattawut Tirasuwannasuk, 21.

Witnesses said the victims were among the first lot of people to jump out of the aircraft, which was about 1 km above the ground at the Rama VI camp.

Among the witnesses were Chayakorn’s parents.